I'm a new sailboat owner, Com-Pac 27, 1989 year, hull #118.
I'm trying to decide whether to leave my boat in the water with a bubbler for the winter vs. pull it. The broker who sold me the boat (who seems quite knowledgeable and has been very helpful after the sale) says that it doesn't really matter, but his vote is to leave it in the water.... he states that boats are meant to be in the water and that although there are advantages and disadvantages either way, on balance he prefers to let 'em float. Others I've talked to say they always pull their boat. They say leaving a hand-laid fiberglass boat in the water invites blistering, that the boat should be allowed to dry out once a year.
Here's the relevant info:
The boat is on an inland lake (Lake Carlyle- Illinois) just outside of St. Louis, MO. Lake size 3 miles X 13 miles, fairly shallow, average depth about 12 feet, as deep as 25 feet in the main channel.
The marina is staffed all winter and to some degree the staff walks the docks a couple of times per day to keep an eye on things. Most of the boats in the marina are sailboats.... sailboats vastly outnumber powerboats on this lake.
I would have a bubble/agitator that the marina staff would plug in if ice started to form.
I know that even if I leave the boat in the water, I would still want to pull her out next spring just to inspect things, power wash the hull, check on the bottom paint, etc.
Does anyone have any thoughts, resources to read up on, etc. re. this?
Thanks for all the help.